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Why hire a party wall surveyor through Airtasker?

Looking for a party wall surveyor can be a touchy issue, whether you’re the one planning to do the construction or your neighbour wants to come to an agreement. And while surveyors are subject to your local laws (and not the person who hired them), it always helps to work with someone reliable and within your budget. Luckily, you can find a trusted party wall surveyor in minutes through Airtasker.

If it’s your first time requesting a local party wall surveyor through Airtasker, here’s how to get started: First, tap the “Post a task” button. Fill out the form with the building’s location, desired appointment date, and budget for the job. Next, select “Get quotes.” Within minutes, you can find quotes from available Taskers.

You can read their offers, compare customer ratings, and even show the selection to the other party (if you’re hiring just one surveyor). Finally, click to confirm your choice of surveyor. And that’s it! You are now one step closer to getting your party wall agreement.

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Top Party Wall Surveyor related questions

How do I know if a wall is a party wall?

A wall is considered a party wall if it stands along a property line. In some cases, if it stands wholly on one party’s property but is used by both you and your neighbour, it can be considered a party wall. If in doubt about whether a wall is a party wall, consider asking a surveyor near you.

How long does a party wall survey take?

It may take around five weeks from start to finish. This includes preparing a notice for your neighbours, gathering information such as construction blueprints, scheduling conditions, and drafting the Award. If any disputes arise or either party requests any amendments, this can extend the processing time. Once all of this is done, the Award is signed and issued. If you don’t have those blueprints yet, consider hiring a local architect through Airtasker.

Can a party wall agreement be refused?

Yes, you or your neighbour are well within your rights to refuse a party wall agreement. However, they will need to provide valid reasons - and not being willing to put up with construction noise doesn’t count. But it is the party wall surveyor who will say whether construction work can commence. 

Can my neighbour build right to my boundary?

They may, but only if they inform you first via a notice. This is because structural elements like building foundations may affect your property. If, for example, your neighbour plans to build a fence astride the property line, however, this will require a party wall agreement. 

Is the Party Wall Act a legal requirement?

In the UK, the Party Wall Act of 1996 is a legal framework that helps prevent and resolve disputes between neighbouring property owners. It does this by requiring a party wall agreement before commencing constructions near or along the property line. If you want to learn more about the technicalities of this law and your rights as a property owner, consult with a nearby lawyer or party wall surveyor. 

Can I object to a party wall agreement?

Yes, you can, but you will need justified reasons for doing so. And even if you do refuse, the surveyor that your neighbour appointed may still rule that your neighbour can proceed with their planned building works. If you also hired a party wall surveyor, and they have a dispute with the neighbour’s surveyor, both are required to select a third surveyor who will help resolve the issue. 

What do a party wall surveyor’s services include?

Party wall surveyors are specialists in resolving issues between neighbours. They do this following your local laws or regulations such as the Party Wall Act. They can help you and your neighbour flesh out the requirements in building a party wall, doing any construction or renovation work, or resolving any disputes related to usage and sound transmission. A party wall surveyor is generally versed in party wall legislation and procedures, especially if they are a chartered surveyor. 

While the exact process may vary depending on your particular situation, you can usually expect the following when you hire a party wall surveyor through Airtasker:

Acting as an agreed or appointed surveyor

If you and your neighbour decide to hire a party wall surveyor, this Tasker acts as your Agreed Surveyor. They perform an inspection, then draw up an agreement (the Award). 

You can also choose to appoint your own surveyor, have your neighbour hire their surveyor, then ask these Taskers to jointly create an Award. Appointed surveyors may choose to get a third surveyor if there are disputes or discrepancies between their reports. It is important to note that a surveyor’s duty is to your local laws and regulations - they do not “owe” anything to you or your neighbour, regardless of who appointed them.

Reviewing the details of planned construction works

The party wall surveyor(s) usually looks into items such as blueprints, construction methods, and any restrictions or obligations necessary. It’s recommended that you coordinate with your architect or contractor so that you can deliver these documents to the surveyor ASAP.

Next, the party wall surveyor may also perform a schedule of condition or inspection of the property’s condition before the construction works. The surveyor may impose time restrictions on the construction work, require monitoring for sound and movement, and ask one of the parties to provide temporary protective measures. All of these items will be noted in the party wall agreement. Lastly, the party wall agreement includes security for expenses. This can be used to cover any risks or damage to property caused by the construction works. 

Drawing up a Party Wall Award

This is a legally binding document that determines if a property owner has the right to do the desired construction work. It covers the kind of work that will be done, how and when it will be executed, and a provision of access for the surveyors who may inspect the building works if necessary. 

After the Party Wall Award is served, you (or your neighbour) can contact your local builder and begin construction.